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Is there a sort of “global natural disaster” index?

Is there what could be called a "global disaster index", i.e., a measure of the number, weighted by their intensities, of all the world's natural disasters at given moments in time throughout history?
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Why don't lightning strikes cause a lot of injury or damage to property?

We hear about people being injured or killed, or property being damaged or destroyed, by flash floods all the time. Or by straight line winds. Or by hail. Or by tornadoes. Why not lightning?
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ERA Interim, how to handle total precipitation

I am trying to compute accumulated annual precipitation for year 2000-2001 based on the ERA Interim, but I am stuck with some unresolved questions: If I download the synoptic monthly means of "total ...
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Why do clouds have areas of darkness instead of scattering light to produce a rainbow?

I suspect it has to do with the difference in size of a rain drop and that of the water particles in the cloud.
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Are there measurements or calculations that suggest atmospheric ice plates would be horizontal to within 0.1 degrees?

This question describes a recently released explanation for flashes of light seen at the sub-solar point above Earth from the DSCOVR satellite, which is located in a special orbit between the Earth ...
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Endogenous Theories For the Origin of Earth's Water (Dry/Wet Accretion?)

I have really two questions: (1) what evidence is there in favour that the majority of Earth's water formed with the planet. (2) what evidence is there that the majority of water did not form with ...
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Why is Great Oxidation Event associated with Iron oxidation but not Aluminum or Silicon?

Just to build up on my previous success with oxygen origin in the atmosphere, I want to expand the question as was advised in the answers. The official heresy, despite denied in the comments and ...
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How to calculate water vapor flux divergence from temperature, relative humidity, u wind and v wind?

I have temperature, u wind, v wind and relative humidity. I am wondering to calculate water vapor flux divergence and convergence. Would anybody kindly help to find our a solution for this?
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How would this experiment's different particle types produce atmospheric reflectivity?

The MIT Technology Review news item Harvard Scientists Moving Ahead on Plans for Atmospheric Geoengineering Experiments discusses a proposed experiment to study in a carefully controlled way the ...
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Where does molecular hydrogen in the atmosphere come from?

This figure from Wikipedia's Atmosphere of Earth shows a hydrogen fraction of 0.000055 percent by volume. Question: Where does molecular hydrogen in the atmosphere come from? Does this come directly ...
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UAH and RSS Lower Troposphere data

The UAH 6.0 and RSS lower troposphere data sets line up nearly perfectly and both show no significant warming for over 20 years. What is the leading theory for what's going on? What explains this?
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How much do tides affect earth's rotational velocity?

Many of us are familiar with an exaggerated picture of the Moon's effect on Earth's tides: Since the Earth is not uniformly covered with water, however, I imagine that the tidal effect will depend on ...
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What is a seamount? [closed]

Per Oxford Dictionary of Earth Sciences: Seamounts are isolated, submarine mountain rising more than 1000m above the ocean floor. The sharp, crested summits of seamounts are usually 1000-2000m ...
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Ocean air reaching maximum humidity

How many miles (or how many hours/days) does air have to travel over the ocean to reach maximum humidity or carry the maximum amount of water it would hold at typical humidity assuming a wind speed of ...
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Winter Wheat & Wildfires

TL;DR: How susceptible is winter wheat to wildfire, in the environment that winter wheat is used? The scenario: Shallow water table, a steppe environment, deep-root winter wheat and a HIGH ...
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Website that contains the maps of atmospheric pressure and wind speeds

Is there a website that contains the maps of atmospheric pressure and wind speeds for specific climatic events such as hurricanes day after day ?
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What is the maximum value of Easting in UTM coordinates?

What is the maximum value of Easting in UTM coordinates? In many websites I found the answer of maximum value is about 834000 meters, but if you convert some of these coordinates below the value will ...
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Why don't spring tides occur at full/new moon (age of tide)?

Tides observations everywhere show that spring tides occur not at full or new moon, at the time of maximum driving forces, but typically a day or two later. What causes this delay?
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At what point are water droplets too small to make a rainbow?

This question asks How to tell if fog is made out of water droplets or ice crystals? I know that ice fog makes a rainbow where fog does not. Ice crystals aside: How does the water droplet size ...
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How does soil fertility differ between Scandinavia and Russia

How is climate and soil fertility different in Scandinavia comparing to Russian territory of 1500s? Did Scandinavia have more favorable climate and more of arable and higher yielding soil than Russia ...
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Why do cities at high altitude regions have high atmospheric pressures?

Why do cities at high altitude regions, such as Lhasa, altitude 11995ft (3656 metre), have high atmospheric pressures such as 30.11inHg (101.97 kPa) in the weather report?
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Why the “Mission to Earth’s core” proposal suggests using liquid iron instead of lead?

Nature communications article "Mission to Earth's core — a modest proposal", suggests placing a large volume of liquid iron in a crack and let it sink all the way to the Earth's core, carrying along a ...
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What would happen to the Earth if there were no seasons?

If the Earth was in a fixed equinox state, what would the equilibrium temperature be at each pole? Assume daily cycle and convection and so on operate as usual, just that it's permanent sunset at both ...
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Why a stratus cloud does not always reach all the way to the ground?

The surface of the ground at night cools down because of outgoing long-wave radiation. In my understanding the cooling of the surface also causes cooling of the adjacent air. If the air contains ...
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How would our weather change in the event of a magnetic pole shift?

Every two hundred thousand years or so the magnetic poles flip. Obviously it is not life ending but how would our weather change? How long does the transition take? Is there a map or model to show ...
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Seeking rock identification

This rock was found it Easton, Pennsylvania by the Delaware River. I'm just starting to become interested and collecting and hoping to use this site to gain knowledge on the rocks and minerals I find! ...
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What divides Hydrological Unit Code areas of the same level?

I'm trying to better understand the Hydrological Unit Code (HUC) system of the United States. I understand the basic hierarchy of it (HUC4, 6, 8, 12) and watersheds/drainage areas. Here's what I want ...
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Why are all rainbows are not the same? [closed]

How does these rainbows water drops differ? I know it has to do with the size of water drops refracting light. Is there a formula that determines the type of rainbow? Icebow Unlike this questions ...
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How does friction and radiolysis provide hydrogen for “unusual types of methane”?

The fascinating New York Times article Gas That Makes a Mountain Breathe Fire Is Turning Up Around the World talks about the Flames of Chimaera and the Deep Carbon Observatory: And a series of ...
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Difference between Meteosat and Insat satellite Images

I have seen many times that their are two kinds of Satellite Images shown on the websites like Skymet for India i.e. Meteosat satellite images Insat satellite images I want to understand the basic ...
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What statistics do we have regarding the probability of window breakage by wind speed?

One thing that has stood out from our past hurricanes in central Florida and also from watching those around the country is the real large propensity for folks to board up windows. But it has also ...
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Is “Chasm One” the really the name of this feature on the Brunt Ice Shelf?

The BBC News article Antarctic: No role for climate in Halley iceberg splitting says: With no-one on the ice surface, notice of any breakaway will have to come from automated in-situ ...
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Forest rings shape regularity

In the answer to "Why is ground water rising on these forest rings?" it is written: these rings are too numerous and too regular in shape to be related to either kimberlites or (even more ...
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What is the highest balloons possible in a chain?

The BU60-1 balloon attained an altitude of 53.0 km (32.9 mi; 173,900 ft). Weather permitting, would a series of climbable balloons in a chain be able to be linked from the ground to that height of ...
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Why does hot air sink in the eye of a tropical cyclone? [duplicate]

We know that warm air rises in the atmosphere due to the reduced density of the parcel itself. But in the eye of a tropical cyclone the warm air sinks down and does not reach the surface, but gets ...
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Help understanding radar data in subglacial lake complex beneath Devon Ice Cap

The BBC News article Isolated lakes found beneath Canadian ice sheet links to the open access Science Advances article Discovery of a hypersaline subglacial lake complex beneath Devon Ice Cap, ...
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What would a graph of magnitude >7.5 earthquakes over last 400 years compared to Grand Solar Minimums look like?

I am a novice here and I really appreciate the graph of magnitude >7 earthquakes related to 11(22)yr solar minimum cycles. I was wondering what the correlation would be (if any) if we changed the ...
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Sailing Around the World on a Jet Stream

An ultra light plane can stay in flight up to 2400 km (the World Record) with out an engine using thermal lift. Can a huge kite like airship (not a blimp) be built to indefinitely sail in and out of ...
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If the Oceans Were Deeper

Back home, the average depths of the world's oceans--and the Mediterranean Sea--are as follows: Atlantic--3926 meters Pacific--4028 meters Indian--3963 meters Arctic--1205 meters Southern--4500 ...
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Does this weather pattern have a name?

The past few weeks of spring in northern Ohio I believe I have noticed a weather pattern where the weather forecast will show a string of days with rain, but what happens is the day is mostly clear, ...
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Hypothetically, what would happen to the earth if a large hole was drilled through the center?

This may be a slightly unusual question. I know it wouldn't be possible, but what would the short and long term effects be, if a large (say, 1 mile diameter) round hole appeared, and went straight ...
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Which physical parameters can we actually measure to confirm the existence of the Greenhouse Effect (GHE)? [closed]

The theory of a GHE in a planetary atmosphere is rather well known. Many claim it is no longer a theory but actually proven as a fact. However I have been reading a lot of things Richard Feynman said ...
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Which are the equations needed to calculate how much moving Earth's water with dams would change Earth's rotation speed? [duplicate]

According to this article Drops of Jupiter Raising 39 trillion kilograms of water 175 meters above sea level will increase the Earth’s moment of inertia, and thus slow its rotation. However, ...
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Difference between NCEP's 20th Century daily Forecast and Analysis variables

NCEP's Twentieth Century Reanalysis (V2) provides daily variables from 1871/01/01 to 2012/12/31. Monolayer analysis variables are made available in a regular grid and forecast variables in a gaussian ...
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Sun's Highest Point on June 21

Where would you have to be for the sun to be highest overhead at noon on June 21? Since the rays of the Sun are perpendicular to the Tropic of Cancer on June 21, shouldn't the Sun be overhead in this ...
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What are some good resources to learn about geophysics? [closed]

What are some good textbooks and online resources for learning about geophysics? That is, physics, as it relates to the earth's geology, shape, and internal structure.
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What does a “closed basin” mean in groundwater terms?

This answer talks about a "closed basin" that has an outflow to the sea. I had previously assumed that "closed basin" meant the same as "endorheic basin", but that is obviously not the case. What is ...
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Can living where magnets are abundant provide a mini-magnetoshere?

Are there a mini-magnetosphere within the magnetosphere similar to mini-magnetosphere found on the Moon? Is there a map of these areas that would resemble the white swirls in the picture below? The ...
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What is the difference between w-wind, vertical p-velocity and Omega?

I am wondering the difference between w-wind, vertical p-velocity and Omega. I understand that all represents the vertical profile of Wind, but then why do we use these three different terms?
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Can a shock wave travel around the Earth's curvature?

Can an explosion be felt in the ground on the opposite side of the Earth like from an asteroid? Would planes in the air on that side of the Earth be able to survive? Does the shock waive follow the ...

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